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Scoliosis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

By Paul Rothbart

Scoliosis is a condition most people have heard of but not everyone is aware of exactly what it is. About 3 percent of the U.S. population, 7 million people, are afflicted with scoliosis, an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Some people are born with it and others get it while aging. It can be very painful and debilitating. In extreme cases, it requires surgery to correct, but 90 percent of people with scoliosis don't need surgery. They do need help managing the condition and its pain. This is where chiropractic care may be helpful.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

Understanding what the symptoms of scoliosis are will help to determine if you may have it and should seek a diagnosis. The sideways curve of the spine can show itself in several ways. One shoulder blade may sit higher than the other or protrude further outwardly. Uneven hips are another sign that you may have scoliosis. The abnormal curve can reduce the chest area and how much the lungs can expand. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath may be the result. Clothing may hang unevenly on the body. Commonly, scoliosis causes chronic back pain and muscle spasms. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should see a medical professional. 

What a Chiropractor Can Do to Help

While chiropractic care is not a cure for scoliosis, a good chiropractor can be very helpful in relieving pain and managing symptoms. Chiropractors are fully trained in identifying and treating musculoskeletal disorders and conditions. Chiropractor care is non-invasive and uses no drugs. Many people with slight curvature find relief of their symptoms with regular visits to a chiropractor. In addition to regular adjustments, a chiropractor can recommend exercises and ways to move that will ease discomfort and strengthen the core. There are also breathing exercises that can help improve respiration. 

Results of Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis Patients

Chiropractic care is not capable of straightening out the curve and curing scoliosis but it can provide positive results. First and foremost, it can ease pain and discomfort making the condition and daily activities easier to manage. Inflammation can be reduced which will also lessen pain. Regular chiropractic care and improve range of motion and flexibility. This too can reduce pain and allow for a more active and enjoyable lifestyle. 

Scoliosis affects a fairly large number of people nationwide. In severe cases, it requires surgery, but most sufferers can learn to manage it and live a healthy lifestyle without invasive procedures. Chiropractic care can be very helpful in this regard. If you have scoliosis, pay a visit to The Joint Chiropractic and find out how a licensed chiropractor can help you manage pain and lead an active life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Springfield, Mo.

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